January 24, 2014
Last week, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
(DGAC) held its second meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines process. This meeting included an opportunity for oral comment from the public. On January 14, I presented oral comments
to the DGAC on behalf of IDFA. I emphasized the nutrient density of dairy products and the importance of including dairy in the Dietary Guidelines. I also spoke about the successes by and efforts of the dairy industry to formulate products that are lower in added sugar, fat and sodium.
In addition to oral comments from the public, the DGAC meeting
also included presentations from each of the five subcommitees, as well as three invited experts regarding sustainability, dietary patterns and the scope of the Dietary Guidelines. Here are two of the issues that will be important to the Dietary Guidelines as a whole, and specifically for dairy.
Sustainability and the impact of food choices on the environment represent one of the areas that the DGAC has considered incorporating into the 2015 Dietary Guidelines since its first meeting. The interest continued with a presentation by a speaker invited to address this topic and with a subcommittee tasked with examining research on food safety and sustainability. This topic has not been included in past DGAC reports.
Discussions about sustainability focused on the concept that meat and animal products, including dairy, have an overall negative impact on the environment. One of the public commenters was a dairy farmer from Vermont, representing the Innovation Center for U.S. ...